Tuesday, September 25, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson was a professional surfer but he decided music is safer and he is one of today's most popular singer songwriters. Flake is from his 2001 debut CD Brushfire Fairytales and helped establish his success. He was born May 18, 1975 in North Shore, Oahu, HI. His father was professional surfer Jeff Johnson so it was not surprising when Jack Johnson began to surf as a child. As a teen, he competed in the Pipeline Masters. He also started writing songs. A surfing accident turned him in a musical direction. And he earned a degree in film at University Of California, Santa Barbara. He played clubs while attending college. Johnson directed the 2000 surfing documentary Thicker Than Water. One of his demos got the attention of Ben Harper and his producer J.P. Plunier and he produced Johnson's debut CD Brushfire Fairytales. Harper played slide guitar on Flake. Brushfire Fairytales was certified Platinum. Since then, Johnson's CDs have all reached the top of the Billboard Hot 200 and have gone either Gold or Platinum. He also wrote the soundtrack to the film 2006 film Curious George. He's constantly touring and that kind of visibility helps fans remember him. Johnson has his own record label Brushfire Records and he produces other artists along with his own CDs. His surfing buddy Donavon Frankenreiter owes his music career to Jack Johnson. Johnson's latest CD To The Sea was released in 2010 though a live CD was released April 2012. I expect we will see new music from him in 2013. Here's Jack Johnson performing Flake at the 2010 Kokua Festival. There are a few clips of Johnson performing Flake but this one is on his Vevo channel and the quality is better.Flake is one of the few songs where Johnson didn't do a concept video.